Italy’s Fiat 500

The World’s Most Charming Car

Fiat 500c in Palazzo Tronconi’s courtyard photo by  Lynette Michael

Fiat 500c in Palazzo Tronconi’s courtyard photo by Lynette Michael

In 1955, in the park of the Stupinigi Royal Hunting Lodge, just outside of Torino, Dante Giacosa unveiled an entire range of new Fiat models in plain view.  Among them was what would become a cult classic and national hero—the Fiat 500.  

The car was marketed as ‘The Second Best Shape in Italy’ and was only to be rivalled by the likes of Loren and Lollobrigida. The first Fiat 500 posters read, “If it were a lady, it would get its bottom pinched.” 

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The 500’s fuel efficiency and chic Italian styling made the car desirable. The whole world wanted it. Full of personality from the the painted pressed metal wheels to its beautifully rounded lines, canvas roof, and recessed headlights, its design won Dante Giacosa the prestigious Golden Compass award in 1959.  

A little car that had a huge impact on the daily life of an entire generation, the Fiat 500 was about confidence and freedom.  It played a major role in bringing hope to war-torn Italy.  It meant access to better jobs, broader horizons, and a new life.  It made a promise of better times and it delivered

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Ciociaria

Luxury Wine Tour, Food and Spa Break, Lazio Italy

Enjoy the dolce vita with an all inclusive 3 night Food, Wine and Spa at our historic restored boutique hotel and Tenuta Esdra Spa €1125/person

If you love biodynamic wine, organic Italian cuisine and crave for blissful serenity, our three day Wine and Spa break will provide you with the ultimate relaxation, set in breathtaking landscape guaranteed to inspire the soul.

We have partnered with Tenuta Esdra Spa to offer this exclusive experience combining the beauty of winemaking, organic Italian cuisine and a choice of luxury spa treatments.

Day 1 Friday

Palazzo Tronconi Hotel

Light organic lunch upon arrival and check-in at Palazzo Tronconi, time to unpack your luggage and relax in your room. Take a stroll in the ancient cobbled alleys and discover the medieval hill top town of Arce. We will take you to a traditional restaurant where the locals eat or if you choose you may book a one to one cooking class and learn to cook dishes from our regional cuisine the true Italian way. Recipes that have been passed from generation to generation, our classes are fun and informal and enjoy the fruits of your labour in our dining room with a glass or two of our biodynamic wine.

photo by Marco Reali

photo by Marco Reali

Day 2 Saturday

Breakfast

A generous breakfast will be served of organic home baked traditional pastries, fruit and more.

Casa Lawrence

Casa Lawrence

With our personal guide you will be driven to Casa Lawrence, Set in a stunning landscape the charming Villa named after its famous guest DH Lawrence who was so inspired by the landscape he completed his novel here. The owner also makes one of the best Pecorino cheeses in Italy and delicious cured meats to taste with a local variety of Cabernet wine. Casa Lawrence is truly a hidden gem and epitomises what our region is all about.

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Tenuta Esdra Spa 3 hours

A dream location, Esdra’s wellness areas are set on two floors. The ground floor houses a thermarium, a hydromassage pool, and an extremely relaxing bath filled with water heated at 37°C rich of minerals. A Turkish bath, an emotional shower and two changing rooms complete the relaxation area.

Enjoy a 50 minute massage performed with gentle but deep hand movements, which induce a state of complete wellness and relaxation.

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The second floor has treatment rooms which can hold couples and singles alike. Sauna, Turkish bath, emotional shower, hydromassag. Esdra’s spa programs boast treatments that combine efficiency and results. From deep hydration to anti-aging, to the care and treatment of damaged and sensitive skins, the most qualified professional aesthetics are at the base of the wellness philosophy at Esdra, an oasis where biocosmetics are used exclusively.

Dinner at Palazzo Tronconi Restaurant

Day 3 Sunday

Breakfast

A generous breakfast will be served of organic home baked traditional pastries, fruit and more.

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Wine Tour

A personal Wine Tour of our own Demeter certified biodynamic vineyards and Winery. Marco, oenologist and owner will take you through the wine making process. You will start in the vineyard, where you will learn about the importance of soil, be shown how the vines are trained and the harvest of perfectly ripe grapes. We will then take you to our eco winery here we will show you the biodynamic wine-making process, how the fermentation process works before the finished product is bottled. Finally the most enjoyable part at our winery restaurant overlooking the vineyards – a five course organic lunch of local cuisine paired with with the 6 exquisite wines we produce 

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Day 4 Monday

Breakfast

A generous breakfast will be served of organic home baked traditional pastries, fruit and more.

Departure 11.00 am

*A collection and drop off to the nearest airport may be arranged at an extra cost

 

Photographing A Vineyard - Exhibition by Marco Reali

At Palazzo Tronconi Winery Restaurant, we are delighted to be exhibiting a photographic exhibition by local photographer Marco Reali. 

Marco Reali Photographer
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Through the lens, Marco explores key events on our vineyard, capturing scenes that catalogue stages that vines go through throughout the year. From the first buds in spring to veraison when the grapes start to change colour. Glorious harvest then autumnal colours to leafless vines in the winter. Images of biodynamic farming are evocative of simple farming techniques of days gone by. Sweeping rural landscapes and portraits of the winemaker.

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photographing a vineyard
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photographing a vineyard
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Come along and enjoy the exhibition we are open for Apericena Friday and Saturday evenings from 7.30 or Sunday Lunch and a tour of our vineyard at 11.30.

for more info contact +39 0776 539678

Biodynamic Cocktail on Roof Terrace at Palazzo Tronconi Restaurant  photo S. Hoehn

Biodynamic Cocktail on Roof Terrace at Palazzo Tronconi Restaurant

photo S. Hoehn

Palazzo Tronconi Osteria

Cooking Vacation in Ciociaria Italy

Learn to Cook the Italian Way

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Come join us and learn to cook dishes from our regional cuisine the true Italian way, with recipes that have been passed from generation to generation, our classes are fun and informal. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned chef, we will let you into some of our secrets of our traditional, authentic recipes and the techniques we have learnt over centuries.

We offer three types of cooking classes with our experienced specialised chefs: learn to cook fresh pasta and sauces with Pasta Chef Milly, mouthwatering pizzas with Pizza Chef Giuseppe or a specialist class with our Head Chef Leonardo.

 

Learn to make Fresh Organic Pasta with Chef  Milly

'We had expected to be thrown into the deep end; making our first fresh pasta through learning by mistakes. However, this was not to be the case as chef Milly masterfully demonstrated the correct technique for creating several delicious pasta dishes. When it came to our turn, we were surprised just how tough the pasta dough was to knead - chef Milly has muscles!!' Jack, Cambridge UK

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Learn to make the Best Pizza with Pizza Chef Giuseppe

Giuseppe Marcuccilli is an Award Winning International master baker and pizza maker. Trained by master bread makers Franco Pepe and Patrick Ricci at Salone de Gusto, Turin he obtained a deeper understanding in the Italian craft of baking.  At Palazzo Tronconi he hosts popular lively, weekly courses for baking typical, authentic Italian bread, pizzas and focaccia, from the simplest to the more complex. 

A Masterchef lesson with Head Chef Leonardo

 "I have thought carefully about the dishes I present in our cooking classes. I want to capture the essence of not only our regional cuisine of Ciociaria but of Italian Cookery, which often is about less is more."  Leonardo Grimaldi, Head Chef

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Diversity

Italian cuisine is noted for it's regional abundance of diversity and difference in taste and is one of the most popular in the world. 

Simplicity

There is a simplicity to our cuisine, It is not about complicated preparation of the dishes it is the quality of the few ingredients that we use. 

Organic

Ingredients that are pure, seasonal, locally produced and preferably organic and sustainable. 

Traditional

The recipes we have chosen are traditional but with a modern twist..

Techniques

Step by step, we will show you how.

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Cooking Vacation in Italy

Learn to Cook the Italian Way

cooking vacation Italy

Come join us and learn to cook dishes from our regional cuisine the true Italian way, with recipes that have been passed from generation to generation, our classes are fun and informal. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned chef, we will let you into some of our secrets of our traditional, authentic recipes and the techniques we have learnt over centuries.

We offer three types of cooking classes with our experienced specialised chefs: learn to cook fresh pasta and sauces with Pasta Chef Milly, mouthwatering pizzas with Pizza Chef Giuseppe or a specialist class with our Head Chef Leonardo.

 

Learn to make Fresh Organic Pasta with Chef  Milly

'We had expected to be thrown into the deep end; making our first fresh pasta through learning by mistakes. However, this was not to be the case as chef Milly masterfully demonstrated the correct technique for creating several delicious pasta dishes. When it came to our turn, we were surprised just how tough the pasta dough was to knead - chef Milly has muscles!!' Jack, Cambridge UK

pizza making class near Rome

 

Learn to make the Best Pizza with Pizza Chef Pizza Chef Giuseppe

Giuseppe Marcuccilli is an Award Winning International master baker and pizza maker. Trained by master bread makers Franco Pepe and Patrick Ricci at Salone de Gusto, Turin he obtained a deeper understanding in the Italian craft of baking.  At Palazzo Tronconi he hosts popular lively, weekly courses for baking typical, authentic Italian bread, pizzas and focaccia, from the simplest to the more complex. 

A Masterchef lesson with Head Chef Leonardo

 "I have thought carefully about the dishes I present in our cooking classes. I want to capture the essence of not only our regional cuisine of Ciociaria but of Italian Cookery, which often is about less is more."  Leonardo Grimaldi, Head Chef

cooking vacation Italy
learn to cook in Italy

Diversity

Italian cuisine is noted for it's regional abundance of diversity and difference in taste and is one of the most popular in the world. 

Simplicity

There is a simplicity to our cuisine, It is not about complicated preparation of the dishes it is the quality of the few ingredients that we use. 

Organic

Ingredients that are pure, seasonal, locally produced and preferably organic and sustainable. 

Traditional

The recipes we have chosen are traditional but with a modern twist..

Techniques

Step by step, we will show you how.

authentic+cooking+class+italy
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Wine Tour and Cooking Classes Vacation Lazio, Italy

 

7 day Wine Tour and Cooking with Excursions

from 1,800.00 (discount available for 4 people or more)

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Cooking Classes and Wine Tour Ciociaria Experience in the Lazio region of Italy

This week long holiday offers you the chance to experience the true flavours of Italy, master the art of traditional Italian cuisine with our renowned specialised chefs, using locally sourced ingredients. Palazzo Tronconi's owner and oenologist Marco will take you on a personal wine tour of his vineyard and winery where you will be able to taste the biodynamic wines we produce. Take in some culture we have handpicked the most beautiful places, off the tourist track that represent our Italian heritage and this beautiful landscape, including the beautiful historic fishing village of Sperlonga and the interesting Casa Lawrence.

7 Day Package Food and Wine Experience From €1,800/person (discount available for 4 people plus)

  • 7 days (6 nights) in our renovated 18th Century Boutique Hotel, Staying in a lovely ensuite bedroom, fully air-conditioned with wifi, flatscreen TV and minibar.

  • All breakfast, lunches and dinners included. Beverages included tea, coffee, spring water, juice, complimentary glass of wine available with each meal at Palazzo Tronconi.

  • Wine Tour of our own vineyards

  • Five course organic lunch at winery paired with our wines we produce 

  • 2 Cooking Lessons - choose from the culinary classes we offer

  • 2 Foodie Trips - A visit an Artisan Buffalo Mozzarella Farm and a visit to an olive oil mill

  • A choice of 3 Excursions to visit some beautiful places that represent this beautiful region. 

  • All transfers to excursions included.

  • Collection and drop-off at airpot included

Example Itinerary, our holidays are tailor-made to suit you, choose the type of cooking classes you would like to take and the excursions you would like to go to. 

DAY 1

  • Arrival and pickup from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) airport

  • Light lunch upon arrival and check-in at Palazzo Tronconi

  • Time to unpack your luggage and relax in your room

  • Take a stroll in the cobbled alleys and discover the medieval town of Arce Dinner at our favourite local restaurant

DAY 2 

  • A Full Italian breakfast (including cappuccino, fresh pastries and fruits yoghurts)

  • A visit to the Gothic Abbey of Casamari be mesmerised by this understated Abbey to the sounds of Gregorian Chants.

  • Visit a traditional family-run olive oil mill with an explanation of the extra- virgin oil extraction process

  • Lunch

  • Time to relax then enjoy a fun and relaxed Pizza Lesson with Pizza master Giuseppe Marcuccilli, guaranteed to make you smile, he will show you the secrets to creating the best pizza dough and melt in your mouth pizzas. A recipe you can replicate at home in a conventional oven.

  • Pizza in the dining room with a glass of our biodynamic wine.

Day 3

  • A Full Italian breakfast (including cappuccino, fresh pastries and fruits yoghurts)

  • Pack your beach bag! We will take you to the Ancient fishing village of Sperlonga, with stunning views over the azure blue Tyrrhenian sea. Enjoy the sea air whilst having lunch at our favourite seafood restaurant. Voted as one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, the old town is full of charm of whitewashed houses. A great place for walking you will come across the ruins a Roman Villa and the grotto of Tiberius

  • Evening Relax and Dinner at Palazzo Tronconi or at a traditional restaurant where the locals eat in a nearby town.

Day 4 

  • Visit an Artisan Buffalo Mozzarella Farm, located in the countryside of Arce on the banks of the stunning Liri, is an artisan cheese factory. This tour has been specially designed to show the complex stages of production following a traditional mozzarella recipe. You will see the skill involved and the work of miracles to produce this delicious delicacy. Who would have thought you could learn how buffalo mozzarella is made in a morning? Followed by a tasting with a drizzle of local extra virgin olive oil and bread. Mozzarella will never taste the same again!

  • A visit to the stunning hill top of Cassino, here stands the worlds most glorious abbey, Montecassino Abbey a centre of historic culture in Italy. Here St Benedict wrote the Benedictine rule that became the founding principle for Western Monasticism. Today visitors enjoy the glorious ornate interior, and spend hours walking around the courtyard and gardens, with beautiful white doves in the peace garden and spectacular views from the balcony.

  • Light lunch at a selected local restaurant.

  • Back at the hotel for a relax

  • Enjoy a pasta lesson with chef Milly, using a variety of techniques Milly will show you how to create traditional hand made pasta with accompanying sauces.

  • Enjoy your dishes in the dining room with a glass of our biodynamic wine.

Day 5

  • A Full Italian breakfast (including cappuccino, fresh pastries, fruits and yoghurts and more)

  • A Trip to Casa Lawrence set in a stunning landscape the charming Villa named after its famous guest DH Lawrence who was so inspired by the landscape he completed his novel here. The owner also makes one of the best Pecorino cheeses in Italy and delicious cured meats to taste with a local variety of Cabernet wine. Casa Lawrence is truly a hidden gem and epitomises what our region is all about.

  • Lunch at Casa Lawrence.

  • A visit to a local vineyard to meet the owners and try some award winning wines.

  • Dinner at Palazzo Tronconi or a recommended traditional restaurant

    Day 6

    Sunday 

  • Full Italian breakfast (including cappuccino, fresh pastries, fruits and yoghurts)

  • We will take you on a Wine Tour of our own Demeter certified biodynamic Vineyard, and Winery. Marco, oenologist and owner will take you through the wine making process. You will start in the vineyard followed by the winery and finally the most enjoyable part our winery restaurant overlooking the vineyards – a five course organic lunch of local cuisine paired with with the 6 exquisite wines we produce.

  • Back at the hotel time to relax and a stroll into town before dinner at the hotel.

    DAY 7
    • A Full Italian breakfast (including cappuccino, fresh pastries, fruits and yoghurts)

    Depart for Rome. We hope you have a lovely stay with us!